A thorough analysis of a crane accident includes investigating issues such as maintenance, mechanical design, operator competency, training, and environmental factors.
OSHA and other regulatory agencies have specific requirements for the use of fall protection and other personal protective equipment by workers on elevated work sites.
Insufficient or non-existent perimeter protection is one of the leading causes of construction accidents.
Investigation into the cause of this construction site accident required assessing the human, vehicular and environmental components.
Industrial and Construction-Site Accidents and Safety
A complete investigation of a construction-site or industrial accident requires an understanding of the equipment used and work processes involved. Assessment of the level of compliance with OSHA regulations, other governmental regulations and codes, and construction codes are key parts of the investigation. Assessment of the level of conformance with recognized safety standards is also a key part of the investigation. A determination must be made if a failure or mal-performance of electrical or mechanical equipment has contributed to the accident.
Ruhl Forensic, Inc. staff members have expertise in the areas of maintenance and repair of heavy construction equipment, fire origin and cause, safe handling and storage of flammable liquids and gases under pressure, and HAZWOPER compliance.
Ruhl Forensic staff members have consulted and testified in cases involving varied areas of focus, including:
- Confined Space Entry
- Elevated Platforms
- Excavation Standards
- Fall Protection
- Fires and Explosions
- Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) Compliance
- Mechanical & Electrical Equipment in an Industrial Facility
- Mobile Equipment in Use at a Construction Site
- OSHA Compliance
- Power Lines—Interaction with Manlifts, Cranes, etc.
Industrial and Construction-Site Accidents and Safety Staff
Keith R. Erickson, B.S., P.E.
B.S. in Electrical Engineering
Thomas F. Conry, Ph.D., P.E.
Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering
B.S. in Engineering Mechanics
Gregory M. Wright
Heavy Vehicle Maintenance and Repair Specialist
ASE Certified Master Heavy / Medium Truck Technician
Michael C. Dilley, CFEI, CFVI
Fire Cause and Origin Investigator
Illinois Class A Private Detective
Roland A. Ruhl, B.S.
B.S. in General Engineering
ACTAR Accredited Traffic Accident Reconstructionist